Youth News - November 2013
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Youth News
November 2013
by Hector Meza

1 Oh, the joys of those who do not
follow the advice of the wicked
or stand around with sinners,
or join in with mockers.
2 But they delight in the law of the LORD,
meditating on it day and night.
3 They are like trees planted along the riverbank,
bearing fruit each season.
Their leaves never wither,
and they prosper in all they do.
Psalm 1:1

They say that technology is making us dumber and giving us a shorter attention span. If that is true then this might explain why Bible reading is down in our culture. The thought of sitting there and reading anything longer than a paragraph or status update can seem more dreadful than a dental visit. Yet, we all know how important and vital to the life of a Christian Scripture reading is.

As we go through the book of Genesis, I am reminded of the beauty of the Word of God. It’s the story about how humanity dropped the ball, only to have God pick it up for us. It encourages, challenges and enlightens us. And for the writer of this Psalm they could see how meditating on the Bible leads to success in all seasons of life.

We live in a world where we’re getting constant updates; the weather, news around the world, stocks, fantasy football scores, status updates. We get so much information and we feed ourselves with words from un-Godly sources. It’s time for all of us to “water” the trees of our souls with the rivers of living water found in the living word of God. The benefits are not merely for ourselves but we can be a blessing for countless others.

This week I was exposed to an unusually high number of deaths, illnesses and funerals. And in the midst of each situation I encountered various people that had a word from God that brought life and hope from death and despair. These amazing brothers and sisters could not have brought the needed relief and peace had they not filled their hearts with the words of God. You see, a tree’s purpose is never to grow merely for its own pleasure, but it provides fruit, shade and even shelter for those who approach it in need. May God give us a hunger for His word so that when someone from this hurting world needs it, they can find rest in the words of a holy, merciful and loving God.

Please pray that a passion for the word of God would erupt among the students in Ocean County.

Hector Meza

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